529. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding refugees in Killarney town; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25295/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): There has never been a legal impediment preventing those seeking international protection in Ireland from being involved in voluntary work or activities and many have chosen to do so over the years.
Information provided by the Reception and Integration Agency of my Department would suggest that there are a number of activities available to international protection applicants based in Killarney, some of which are listed below:
- Local athletics club: There is a run every Saturday morning in the Killarney National Park
- Local football club: Soccer balls are available for residents to play on the pitch in the park
- County Kerry Cricket Club in Tralee
- Local musicians group: The group practice almost every afternoon.
- Daily English classes
- Manual Handling Course
- Local Gym: residents can avail of a reduced rate
In addition to the above, the notice board in Linden House regularly provides updates on other seasonal events and activities. Various workshops and courses are also available through Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative (KASI) who are a local support group.
Any resident of Linden House who would like to volunteer for activities, such as Tidy Towns, should contact KASI or speak to the centre’s management to be linked into the various groups and organisations in this area.